Welcome to our guide on living room ceilings!
A commonly overlooked feature of your room is the ceiling. A custom ceiling can really accentuate the proper design.
The natural wood colors and rugged look of an exposed beam ceiling works well with a rustic look, while an elegant dome is a perfect ceiling for a traditional design.[toc wrapping=”right”]
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An exposed beam ceiling is an open and tall ceiling where the structural wooden beams can be seen. This style works well with many designs and is very versatile.
One of the biggest advantages of the exposed beam ceiling is that it helps reduce energy cost, and the versatility of exposed wood beams means you are not held to one style. You can make them work with a multitude of different options.
However, exposed wood beams are not without their issues. One common issue is that wood beams can split. When a beam splits it can affect the integrity of the structure, so don’t let a split go unattended for long. Exposed wood beams are also susceptible to rot and termites without proper upkeep. (Source: Red Beacon)
An exposed beam ceiling look can vary in cost. One of the factors that can change the cost of the ceiling is the number of beams. On average you can get 1 to 5 beams for around $482, 5-10 for $916, and 10-15 for $1,362.
The length of the beams is also a cost changer, because the longer the beams, the more difficult they are to install. Simple beams tend to be around 10 feet in length and cost around $320 to install. Slightly larger beams up to 15 feet long cost a bit more, averaging around $410 to install. Beams around 20 feet long can cost upwards of $570, and if your beams are 25 feet long you may be looking at $1,400. (Source: Red Beacon)
This ceiling has an interesting curved exposed beam design. The room seems much larger with the height of these ceilings, and the exposed wood is finished and treated, which gives the room that extra bit of rich natural wood tones.
A gorgeous contemporary living room with rich dark wooden exposed beams and incredible views through craftsman style windows.
Here is a room with a stunning vaulted ceiling with exposed beams. This rich and layered ceiling not only adds some perceived space to the room, but also brings a rustic and rugged charm to the design.
An exposed beam look works very well with exposed brick and duct work to make an unfinished, laid back, care free, and relaxed appeal to a room. Source: Zillow Digs™
In this modern and simple living room, the exposed beam ceilings and masonry walls give an open and spacious appeal. The skylights incorporated into the ceiling help funnel the light in, brightening the room. See more of this home here. Designed by SAOTA.
This living room is draped in rich brown tones and natural earth hues. The exposed beam ceiling adds to this theme well, giving depth and texture to the design. See more of this home here. Designed by Red Rock Contractors.
Your exposed beams don’t have to be left with their natural wooden tones and textures. The great thing about wood is that it can always be painted, so with a bit of work, you can color your exposed beams any way that you wish. Source: Zillow Digs™
A tray ceiling is a ceiling that looks somewhat like an upside-down tray. The ceiling has a flat and slightly raised center, with the sides sloping downwards to meet the level of the rest of the ceiling.
A big advantage to tray ceilings is that they tend to make a room feel larger than they really are, producing a grander and more spacious feel. There are also many different styles to choose from. There are numerous kinds of tray ceilings, and you are sure to find a style that fits your design.
Tray ceilings are becoming more and more popular and are starting to become a typical feature of high-end homes. Installing them is a way to give your home a high-end appeal. On the downside, because tray ceilings are so specialized, they can be costly and are often only available for higher end or custom built homes.
Cost for a tray ceiling is very difficult to generalize. The cost of these kinds of ceilings very much depend on the previous ceiling structure, the numbers of stories in your home, and the size and depth of the project. Every ceiling is different, so the average cost is nearly impossible to estimate. (Source: Modernize)
Here is a bright living room with a simple version of the tray ceiling. The tray ceiling shows that it can fit with a great deal of styles, even if does not have fancy adornments or intricate design elements. Simple works well with everything. Source: Zillow Digs™
Here is a classic example of a tray ceiling. This option can make a room feel very classy, especially when paired with such elegant and interesting light fixtures.
Here is a tray ceiling with carved ornamentation and a more rustic color. This makes the tray ceiling fit well other styles, including rustic and craftsman designs. See more of this home here. Designed by CEILTRIM Inc.
Here is a unique and lovely circular tray ceiling with a nice lighting element on the lower end of the tray. Not every tray ceiling has to have to have a large and rectangular tray. There are creative things you can do with this style.
Here is a nice painted tray ceiling which adds some depth to the room, and a color element to the design that helps tie the room together. Painting the recess of a the tray is an interesting way of reinforcing your color palette and accentuating your design. Source: Zillow Digs™
Here is a simple and uncomplicated tray ceiling with a modern design. This kind of tray ceiling can work with almost any style, from modern to traditional designs.
Here is an interesting take on the tray ceiling, where there is a lighting element around the rim of the lower part of the tray to illuminate the top part, letting that reflect it and fill the area with light. This is a creative and modern option for a tray ceiling.
This simple and bright living room has an interesting tray ceiling that has multiple levels. This creates even more space and adds depth to the room. The two-toned layers of the tray ceiling also creates some contrast to the element, making it seem even deeper and more open. Source: Zillow Digs™
Here is a tray ceiling with lighting all along the recess, creating a great amount of lighting in this bright room. The extra space that the tray ceiling gives adds to the spacious and open feel of this living room. See more of this home here. Designed by Ben Amzaleg.
A vaulted ceiling is a tall and arched ceiling. It provides a great high-end appeal and gives a room a great sense of space and openness.
Vaulted ceilings create a very large and airy feel to a space. They tend to make a space appear far larger than it really is. They also tend to let in a great deal of natural light. This is because higher and wider ceilings allow you to have taller and more expansive windows. Vaulted ceilings provide a great deal of extra visual interest to your room, giving added appeal where a standard ceiling does not.
Although vault ceilings have many advantages, they tend to be less cozy, and can cut down on the intimate feeling that many designs go for. They are also more difficult to upkeep. Reaching your lighting fixtures and dusting can be quite difficult when they are that high. Higher ceilings also make the space harder to heat and cool. (Source: Homedit)
There are many factors that contribute to the cost of the installation of a vaulted ceiling, but you can expect to spend between $18,000 and $25,000. (Source: House Logic)
This is an example of a vaulted ceiling with some lovely natural colored exposed beam work. This ceiling along with the clutter free and simple design makes this room feel very open and spacious. See more of this home here. Designed by Barrett Studio Architects.
This living room is very simple and modern. The simple and uncluttered room is accentuated by a bright vaulted ceiling.
A large and luxurious living room is shown here under a bright and curved vaulted ceiling. The vault in this ceiling is almost like a long tunnel down the center of the room. Vaulted ceiling can come in many different arrangements, and can be formatted to fit different spaces and needs. Source: Zillow Digs™
Here is a stunning wood paneled vaulted ceiling over a modern and simple living room. This combination of ceiling and design makes this room feel very spacious and open. See more of this home here. Designed by Ofist.
Here is a vaulted ceiling with a wooden design element that provides a extra visual appeal. The height of the ceiling lets the pendant lighting hang and not intrude into the space of the room.
Here we see a modern and elegant vaulted ceiling in a bright and simple living room area. The white vaulted ceiling helps reflect the natural white lights back down into the room providing the room with ample ambient light. Source: Zillow Digs™
This living room has a classic, elegant, and sophisticated design that is both high-end and comfortable, reminiscent of private clubs. The vaulted ceiling adds to this style, giving space while also keeping the tones warm and personal.
Vaulted ceilings don’t have to have a vintage look or hearken back to the cathedral style ceilings that inspired them. A vaulted ceiling can be very simple, modern and fit nearly any style. They may cut down on the cozy factor, but they add a greater sense of space, so your living room does not ever feel compact of claustrophobic.
Here is a living room with high vaulted ceilings that give this area an almost castle-like ambiance. Vaulted ceilings are a great way to accentuate elegance and make spaces appear much larger. Source: Zillow Digs™
Here is an interesting vaulted ceiling with stained glass lighting fixtures. These features add to the cathedral appeal that vaulted ceilings can sometimes provide.
This ceiling has a shallow barrel vault and is made of brick, rather than the typical materials used in a vaulted ceiling. This give this space a more raw and industrial appeal. It is a unique and interesting design choice.
Coffered ceilings are made from a number of sunken panels. These panels are typically square, rectangular, or octagonal, and are called caissons. The sections between these panels can be ceiling beams, carvings, or simply ornamental.
Coffered ceilings are durable and very attractive. This design allows for great light distribution, and placement of pictures on this kind of design can be varied and interesting. (Source: Interior Decors 14)
This type of ceiling does not give your room any extra perceived space. Also, coffered ceilings require a minimum of an 8 foot ceiling which is not always manageable by all homeowners. And while you can find cheaper options, a traditional coffered ceiling is handcrafted by a carpenter and that can become costly. (Source: My Reno 411)
Typically, a coffered ceiling ranges from $4 to $5 per square foot for materials. (Source: Homewyse)
This very detailed and elegant ceiling has a coffered ceiling with finely crafted adornments. These give this room a very elevated and high end look. These kinds of elements are best if they are hand crafted, so that you know that they are quality and last for some time. See more of this home here. Designed by CEILTRIM Inc.
This living room has a nice example of a coffered ceiling, with a stunning chandelier over the main seating area. This design is sophisticated and brings an elegance to the design. This living room is designed perfectly to fit with this ceiling. See more of this home here. Designed by CEILTRIM Inc.
Here is a very high coffered ceiling with small panels and thick beams between. This coffered ceiling is simple, without much ornamentation, which works well with a wide open, clean, and natural lit living room.
Here is a an elegant coffered ceiling. The sections in this ceiling are octagons, and the recesses are painted gold, giving this coffered ceiling a high-end appeal. The numerous chandeliers also provide that elegance that elevates the room with plenty of sophistication. Source: Zillow Digs™
Here is a great coffered ceiling with rich wood tones through and through. This is an amazing ceiling for a craftsman or rustic style design. Any kind of style that focuses on rich natural tones would suit this ceiling perfectly. Source: Zillow Digs™
This coffered ceiling has a accent color highlighting the shape and design of the style. This kind of accent color is great for tying your ceiling into your color palette or drawing attention to the design of the ceiling.
Using lighting to accentuate a coffered ceiling is a great idea. It draws interest to the design and provides soft reflected light. Also, not all of the sections in the coffered ceiling need to be uniform in size or shape. In this coffered ceiling there is a circular center with more rectangular sections surrounding it. Source: Zillow Digs™
Here is an interesting coffered ceiling with different shaped sections, creating a pattern. With a coffered ceiling, coloring the beams and the recessed areas different colors can add some contrast and depth to your space. Source: Zillow Digs™
A domed ceiling is a ceiling with a tall dome in the center. This type of ceiling is typically a high-end feature, found in many different kinds of buildings. It can give a living room a truly elegant look.
Domes add a very luxurious look to your room, and make the space feel larger. They can also play with your lighting well, giving you more lighting options.
Domed ceilings can be quite expensive and this cost can be prohibitive to many. A domed ceiling also requires a lot of space that the typical homeowner may not have.
A domed ceiling can vary in cost. If you decide to have it professionally installed, the price can range from $85 per square foot to $160 per square foot depending on the quality of materials. If you are able to manage the construction yourself, you can expect to spend between $50 and $100 per square foot depending on the quality of materials. (Source: Natural Spaces Domes)
Here is a high end, elegant and interesting domed ceiling with a beautiful chandelier. This ceiling works well with the high end, sophisticated, and finished look of the rest of the design.
In this uncluttered and interesting living room, the ceiling includes a dome with a sparkling and bright appeal. Source: Zillow Digs™
This modern and sleek living room has a brightly lit dome. This dome acts as an amazing light well which can illuminate the entire room. The light reflected is very soft, as direct light can sometimes be harsh. See more of this home here. Designed by NC Design & Architecture.
A dome is a great place to hang a chandelier. In this picture, a dome holds a low hanging lighting fixture. A dome can make a room seem larger and more spacious. See more of this collection here. Designed by CEILTRIM, Inc.
An elegant and sophisticated chandelier hangs from a bright dome with a design in this picture. With brighter colors in a dome, light can reflect the light that shines up back down into the room. See more of this collection here. Designed by CEILTRIM, Inc.
A bit of art on the inside of a dome is a great idea. This dome is decorated with a compass rose in a rich sepia tone, giving this dome am antique and vintage look. See more of this collection here. Designed by CEILTRIM, Inc.
A dome can give a room a very high end and elegant look. With elegant carvings, and adornments, as well as a chandelier, the domed ceiling can elevate a room and increase the sophistication. See more of this collection here. Designed by CEILTRIM, Inc.
A dome can be an interesting place for skylights. Skylights allow ample light to enter through the ceiling and a dome can increase the range that the skylights have.
This living room has a small and elegant dome, with a chandelier hanging down out of it. A dome provides a place for lighting elements to hang, and can reflect the light that shines up back down.
If you are looking for an interesting and unique ceiling idea, you can go for a photo ceiling. A photo ceiling is a ceiling with a high end design, typically some kind of art or photograph. These kinds of ceilings are great when you are trying to match your ceiling to a particular color palette, or design. If you have a bit of art that you want to be a centerpiece of your room, there are lots of places to put it, and the ceiling is one of them.
This ceiling is designed to tie into the color of the rest of the room. With this ceiling’s color, it sets the stage for the rest of the palette so that the entire room is cohesive and unified. See more of this home here. Designed by DKOR Interiors.
The right photo ceiling can make your room feel wider. Nothing represents openness and freedom like the blue sky. In a room where natural lighting can be an issue, a blue sky photo ceiling can create the illusion of natural light. See more of this collection here. Designed by CEILTRIM, Inc.
Here is a photo ceiling with a stunning night time sky scene. The art ties into the rest of the design and continues this theme into wall art and into the rest of the color palette. See more of this collection here. Designed by CEILTRIM, Inc.
Depending on your home there are many unique things you can do with your ceiling. If you don’t have the space for a vaulted ceiling, or if you have a unique and interesting idea, don’t be afraid to think outside of the box.
If you are fortunate enough to live in a space that can manage it, a skylight ceiling is a wonderful and unique option. This allows for unparalleled natural light to make its way into your living room. See more of this home here. Designed by Manuel Sequeira Architectes.
Here is a standard style ceiling, but made with wood planks rather than the typical drywall. This is a beautiful and interesting alternative to the average ceiling. It adds rich tones to the palette. Source: Zillow Digs™
Here is an interesting ceiling with hanging elements. Hanging things from a ceiling like this can be a fun and interesting way to design your space and show a bit of your personality in your space. See more of this home here. Designed by PplusP Designers
Here is a standard ceiling with an interesting coat of glossy paint. Most ceilings only use accent colors on moldings of features, but if you are bold and do something like this, it can really make a statement. Source: Zillow Digs™
Here is an interesting ceiling with reflective glass and metal. There are also multiple levels and layers to the ceiling. This creates a visually interesting and dynamic ceiling. See more of this home here. Designed by IROJE KHM Architects.
On a standard ceiling, you can add some visual interest with a lighting element. This room uses long and think lighting elements to give the ceiling a direction and some appeal. See more of this home here. Designed by Burnazzi Feltrin Architetti
A standard and simple ceiling can be enhanced with a simple feature. This ceiling has one simple long feature down the center down the room which makes the ceiling more appealing. If you are clever with what you have, you don’t need something complicated to elevate your room. See more of this home here. Designed by Lab32 Architecten
Here is another simple standard ceiling enhanced by a lighting element. Simple recessed lighting elements can brighten up any ceiling. Source: Zillow Digs™
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